Latania Verschaffeltii (Yellow Palm)
Latania verschaffeltii, the yellow latan palm, is a species of flowering plant in the family Arecaceae. It is found only on Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, part of the Republic of Mauritius, 560 km east of the Island of Mauritius. It is, however, cultivated in other places as ornamental. in the wild, the species is threatened by habitat loss
Size: Slowly up to 40 feet (12 m) to 16 feet in diameter (5 m). Leaf: Palmate, 8 to 24 Petiole and veins yellow, Yellow coloured, armed leaf stems with wool and wax at the bottom. Trunk: Gray, lightly ringed, swollen base, 10 inches in diameter (25 cm). Flower: Flower stalk coming from among the leaves, 3 to 6 feet long 0.9 to 1.8 m). Fruit: brownish-green. 2 inches long (5 cm). plum-shaped. Seed: round at one end, pointed at the other. Editing by Edric.
Temperature: 30°F (-1°C). Water Requirements: Regular water. Sun Requirements: Full sun. Germination: Easily from seeds. This sun-loving palm needs excellent drainage and will survive in warm temperate to subtropical areas. Male and female trees are needed to get fertile seeds. The seeds germinate within two to four months and each fruit contains one to three seeds.
Latania is a genus of three species native to the Mascarene Islands. They are easy and satisfying to grow; they are not fussy, and they will grow in a range of warmer climates. They are easily distinguishable, especially when young, by the colour of the petioles for which they are named. With its glossy yellow petioles and leaf margins and more lax leaves than the other species, Latania verschaffeltii is surely the most stunning in this small genus